After I got done talking to John Carlson for my story for tomorrow's paper. I figured I'd talk to a few players about uniforms, specifically about the different pants they wore on Sunday and head coach Jim Mora's declaration that the lime green jersey's have been "retired."
Not surprisingly, the players seemed to like the jerseys. About a month ago, T.J. Houshmandzadeh told us how much we liked the green jerseys and asked us if we liked them. When we told him that we didn't. He responded, "That's cause y'all got no style."
Yeah, I guess not. I'm not rocking a pink and light blue suit like Housh did after the Jacksonville game.
But one thing happened when I was talking to a couple of players - Deon Butler and Sean Lockear - they both advocated the Hawks wearing throwback uniforms. Obviously, this is an idea I wrote about a few weeks ago (while irritating soccer fans in the process, but that's what I do). I know you are thinking I asked them about throwbacks first, but no they brought up the idea, much to my delight.
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Butler is a fan of the lime green jerseys.
"I liked the green jerseys," he said. " I don't know if the rest of nation did, but I liked them."
Of course this is a guy, who played at Penn State - a place where the uniform style hasn't changed in 50 years.
Though admittedly, I love their uniforms and their simplicity. Butler kind of chuckled about the uniforms at PSU and if they'll ever change.
"You don't dare talk about change there, don't even mention it," Butler said.
So anything that stands out a little is a good thing to him.
"I liked the green jerseys," Butler said. "I don't know if the rest of nation did, but I liked them. I just liked the look. That lime green was pretty sharp.
Oh well, I guess we better go for the throwbacks now."Excuse me? Throwbacks? Did you say throwbacks?
"Yeah, I like the throwbacks," he said. "The silver on those uniforms, it's sharp."
Then I ran into Sean L0cklear and asked him about the green uniforms. He never got to wear them against the Bears because he was injured. But he still liked them.
"I’d like to wear them since I didn't get a chance," he said."I think the fans liked them. It was something different."
Locklear admitted that not everybody liked them though.
"We got joked about it by people on TV, saying we looked like teenage mutant ninja turtles or an arena team," he said. "But we didn't care. We liked them."
Locklear then brought up that several teams were wearing throwbacks as well this season.
"I would like to wear throwbacks at least one time," he said. "Other teams have done it, and it looked goo. The only people around here that wore them before was Walt (Jones) and Matt (Hasselbeck). I think its a good idea."
"We've been asking about," Locklear said about wearing throwbacks. "I don't know who's decision it is. But I hope we do."
So there's two votes for throwback uniforms. Of course, it was also two votes for green tops too.
Still, I think we're starting a movement about this throwback uniform. Maybe we should start an on-line petition 0r an e-mail onslaught to the Hawks execs.